Gambling addiction is an "equal opportunity destroyer"
Jeff Derevensky, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
After age 21, problem gambling is considerably more common among U.S. adults than alcohol dependence, . . . University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions
The profile of addicted gamblers who turn to crime is "particularly disturbing." They are people "who, prior to their exposure to gambling had no criminal history, were not junkies or alcoholics . . . had good jobs, [and yet] became hooked on slot-machines, and after losing all their assets and running all credit resources to their maximums began committing some type of crime to support their addiction.”
REPORT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL J. JOSEPH CURRAN, JR. ON THE IMPACT OF CASINO GAMING ON CRIME THE HOUSE NEVER LOSES AND MARYLAND CANNOT WIN: WHY CASINO GAMING IS A BAD IDEA REPORT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL J. JOSEPH CURRAN, JR. ON THE IMPACT OF CASINO GAMING ON CRIME PRESENTED TO THE JOINT EXECUTIVE-LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE TO STUDY COMMERCIAL GAMING ACTIVITIES IN MARYLAND
*UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH
FLORIDA’S PROBLEM-GAMBLER RISK TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
MM""Our research indicates that we have a serious problem in Florida, and without some type of intervention or an increase in awareness about our at-risk gamblers - which total a frightening 5.2 percent of the population, more than twice the national average - we will likely face a future epidemic of problem gambling in Florida," said Shapira, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of UF.
MM The survey also indicates that gambling-specific treatment appears inadequate statewide and that available services do not seem to meet the needs of those experiencing difficulties. http://www.napa.ufl.edu/ufnews/ 2/25/02